Dec
2012

The Greek word anatole

Found only in the books of Matthew, Luke and Revelation, the Greek noun “anatole” described the rising of the sun, the rising of a star, or the “east.”

Wise men from the “east” (Mt. 2:1Mt. 2:1
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2 1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, Wise-men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,

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) said they had seen a special star in the “east” (Mt. 2:2Mt. 2:2
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2 Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

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and see Mt. 2:9Mt. 2:9
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9 And they, having heard the king, went their way; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

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where this noun is again used).  Matthew also used this noun in Mt. 8:11; 24:27Mt. 8:11; 24:27
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11 And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: 27 For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.

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.  In Lk. 1:78Lk. 1:78
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78 Because of the tender mercy of our God, Whereby the dayspring from on high shall visit us,

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this noun is translated “dayspring.”  Luke also used this word in Lk. 13:29Lk. 13:29
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29 And they shall come from the east and west, and from the north and south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

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.  For all the places this noun occurs in the book of Revelation, see Rev. 7:2; 16:12; 21:13Rev. 7:2; 16:12; 21:13
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2 And I saw another angel ascend from the sunrising, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a great voice to the four angels to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 12 And the sixth poured out his bowl upon the great river, the river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way might by made ready for the kings that come from the sunrising. 13 on the east were three gates; and on the north three gates; and on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

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